VIDEO High School Dance Squad Performs A Powerful Routine Set To Meaningful Words About Fear

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But how much more is a moving picture worth then? Judging from this video, it should be at least in the hundreds of thousands.

The footage shows a team of girls from Mahomet Seymour High School in Illinois performing a beautifully choreographed dance routine.

However, the key to their staggering performance does not solely lie in their unison claps and gracious pirouettes.

It’s in the meaning of their dance.

Set to a spoken word poem by Jon Jorgenson, their moves speak about all the common fears we as human beings experience on a daily basis — fear of failure, fear of others’ opinions, fear of being ourselves …

To see more emotionally charged dance performances, check out this couple channeling a painful breakup story or this bit that captures theessence of being in love with someone who’s an addict.


by Justina Bakutyte

What Do You Want The Lord to Do for You?

“What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” —Luke 18:41

Is there something in your life that not only disturbs you, but makes you a disturbance to others? If so, it is always something you cannot handle yourself. “Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more…” (Luke 18:39). Be persistent with your disturbance until you get face to face with the Lord Himself. Don’t deify common sense. To sit calmly by, instead of creating a disturbance, serves only to deify our common sense. When Jesus asks what we want Him to do for us about the incredible problem that is confronting us, remember that He doesn’t work in commonsense ways, but only in supernatural ways.

Look at how we limit the Lord by only remembering what we have allowed Him to do for us in the past. We say, “I always failed there, and I always will.” Consequently, we don’t ask for what we want. Instead, we think, “It is ridiculous to ask God to do this.” If it is an impossibility, it is the very thing for which we have to ask. If it is not an impossible thing, it is not a real disturbance. And God will do what is absolutely impossible.

This man received his sight. But the most impossible thing for you is to be so closely identified with the Lord that there is literally nothing of your old life remaining. God will do it if you will ask Him. But you have to come to the point of believing Him to be almighty. We find faith by not only believing what Jesus says, but, even more, by trusting Jesus Himself. If we only look at what He says, we will never believe. Once we see Jesus, the impossible things He does in our lives become as natural as breathing. The agony we suffer is only the result of the deliberate shallowness of our own heart. We won’t believe; we won’t let go by severing the line that secures the boat to the shore— we prefer to worry.

We must keep ourselves in touch, not with theories, but with people, and never get out of touch with human beings, if we are going to use the word of God skilfully amongst them. Workmen of God, 1341 L


What Do You Desire?

John 16:23-24

If I were to ask you to name the desire of your heart, would you have an answer? How long would it take you to express your deepest, most genuine yearning?

Of course, most of us have a seemingly endless list of things that we want, whether it be a big screen TV, a new car, a promotion at work, or the respect we think we deserve. Things are added to and removed from our want list every day; our wants are frequently dictated by what those around us have. Sometimes simply seeing a friend’s new vehicle will give us “car fever,” even if we have a perfectly fine automobile sitting in the driveway.

Our wants come and go, but what about our true desires? If you’ve never taken the time to meditate prayerfully on this issue, then you may not even know what your heart’s desires are. And, if that is the case, how can you request them from God? The simple answer is, you can’t.

Not knowing what we truly desire leads us to offer up a string of prayers for random, incoherent wants rather than genuine, heartfelt desires. Sometimes the Lord graciously answers these requests; other times He even more graciously protects us from foolish wants by saying no. If our requests are not grounded in prayer and heartfelt sincerity, however, we may never understand why they go unanswered.

Are you able to articulate your heart’s desire today? If not, dedicate some prayer time this week to the issue. First, ask the Lord to open your eyes to what He desires for you. Then, request that He make His desires your own.

Jesus the Bible Teacher

“And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures.” (Luke 24:44-45)

On the day of His resurrection, the Lord Jesus had given a wonderful session of Bible teaching to two of His followers on the road to Emmaus. “Beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27). Later that same evening, Jesus appeared to the eleven apostles and the other disciples, probably in the upper room, and gave a similar study to all of them together, as summarized in our text above.

We can learn much from our Master Teacher concerning how we also should teach the Bible, for it was He, through “the Spirit of Christ” (1 Peter 1:11), who in effect wrote the Bible in the first place. Note in both cases, for example, that the whole Bible speaks of Christ in prophecy, or type, or in other ways. Note also that He began with the writings of Moses, which means first of all the account of creation and primeval history that is the foundation of all the rest.

It is evident, too, that He regarded “all the scriptures” to be of divine authority, which “must be fulfilled,” either at His first coming or His second coming. He believed implicitly in plenary inspiration of the Bible, as well as the miracle of fulfilled prophecy.

Finally, even in the case of these closest followers, it was essential that the Holy Spirit “open . . . their understanding” if they were really to “understand the scriptures.” All who would hope to be teachers of the Word today should teach as He taught, for He is our teacher. HMM

Worth Repeating

Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31

We say that time heals everything because time dulls our memory. This is why parents and trainers know that important principles need to be taught and repeated often. If people were computers, a concept could be input once and saved, but people forget.

Throughout Scripture, the people of God are reminded, “Do not be afraid.” When they come face-to-face with God and His glory: “Do not be afraid.” When Peter walks on water: “Do not be afraid.” When loved ones die: “Do not be afraid.” When all you have is five loaves and two fish: “Do not be afraid.”

This simple phrase is God’s comfort and invitation to us. We may not have the confidence, skills, or resources needed for our situation, but God does. Jesus invites us to rest, knowing He is God. His peace is ever-present. He delights in our requests for more of Him. It is not about ignoring feelings of fear, but about focusing on God’s love, power and provision. As we do, our faith grows as we see God working in the midst of our circumstances.

Imagine your life wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? Max Lucado

Every Man Has His Burdens

“We were completely overwhelmed, the burden was more than we could bear, I feared I would never live through it” ( St. Paul during a time of deep personal struggle.)

There are those moments in life when it is tough beyond imagination:

– Inner fears and doubts.

– External pressures in business, at home, with finances, or health.

– Prayers that never seem to get answered.

– Inner peace that remains elusive.

– A persisting sense of spiritual coldness or dryness.

Compounding the problem is the illusion of those Teflon Christians among us where nothing seems to touch them: Smiley… victorious… impervious to pain.

However, according to Paul, “Each of us must bear some burdens of his own.” (Galatians 6:5b)

The plain fact is that every one of us goes through times of deep personal conflict.

If this is where you are today, there may be no pat answers.

In fact, as I write, I am just coming out of one of these periods of inner battle myself. Perhaps, however, one of the following passages of Scripture may lead you toward hope and healing:

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.” (Isaiah 43:2)

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea… Cease striving and know that I am God… ” (Psalm 46:1, 2, 10)

“Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst of sins listed in Scripture… neither what happens today nor what may happen tomorrow… ” (Romans 8:35, 36, 38, 39 – The Message)

Boast not thyself of tomorrow

Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Proverbs 27:1

Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. — Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light.

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry … Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

What is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. —The world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.